The "fairly wide level trail" leading 1/2-mile from the parking lot to the summit has changed. The 1/2-mile jaunt is a drivable unpaved road leading to an open parking area next to the summit entrance... A person only needs to walk about 40 feet into the trees to reach the summit, now, with no elevation gain on foot.
(On my personal list of Difficulty Ranks for State HPs, I am dropping the difficulty of this HP from #24 to #47, as a result of this route update...)
This is very interesting news...I was up there last year and it was still very much a trail. Can't say I'm happy about the change...
I was just there on July 25th, the road is not drivable unless you have a 4 wheel drive with high tires to get over the blockades they have up.
"Church Road" is not referenced on any street sign. The street sign says "Roland Lake Road", and a small church is located at that street corner.
Noted, I'll make the change right away...thanks!
Article states there is no view from the top. That has changed, they have cleared trees and there is now a short path from the summit with an nice overlook.
Thanks!! I had asked around about mysterious reports of a view but received no response. I'll make the update as soon as I have time. Out of curiosity what direction does the overlook face (i.e. Lake Superior or the Huron Mountains)? If you have any pics they'd be more than welcome! Regards, Dan
I would definitely recommend the Mt. Arvon high point. I headed up there today and even a bit overcast, the view was still great. The benchmark and the register are fun to look through. I did not see a reference to Church Rd., it was still Roland Lake Rd. Also, the trail was only a few hundred feet to the benchmark and a few hundred more to the view from the parking area. Very easy access once you reach parking.
About 3-4 years ago, the trees were cleared near the NW summit of Mt. Arvon providing a nice view over Lake Superior's Huron Bay, Abbaye Peninsula, Keweenaw Bay and the Keweenaw Peninsula.
I own a cabin on the shore of Huron Bay, about 15 miles by logging roads north of the summit, and often take guests to the top of Mt. Arvon.
I visited on 8/4/15. The directions above are good and the little blue signs help (where they are't overgrown), but I was glad that I had scouted the route on Google Earth. It's a tangled network of dirt roads and it helped to have some landmarks, such as the quarry area and the "beaver dam" to reassure me I was on the right track.
Nice set up at the top, but it was too cloudy and wet for me to see Lake Superior.
My wife and I drove to Mount Arvon this weekend (6/5/16). The directions from Summitpost.com were perfect! It is very well marked with those great blue signs.
However, at the very last turn the road had washed out. A beaver dam that abuts the road had overflowed and the road has large ruts in it. I do a lot of off-roading, and I would not attempt this wash-out except in a serious, high-clearance 4WD vehicle.
The wash-out is approximately 1 mile from the summit. The road is not steep and is very obvious. It is a lovely(!) walk and well worth it. So don't turn around at the wash-out. Park your vehicle and do this wonderful walk.
Also, make sure you take a little N-NE-ish diagonal trail from the summit. There's a lookout with a great view and a highpointers.org bench to sit on and enjoy it.
(I've posted pictures on this page, as well.)
Hello! I have an opportunity to visit in about a week and a half. I wanted to see if anyone out there knows of any snowmobile rentals? I would love to check this one off, but I think it would be best this time of the year to not drive/hike. I am also willing to use an 'unofficial' rental source like a local family that would be willing to rent me one and perhaps accompany me. If anyone has contact information, that would be appreciated.
After the 7.2 Mile Marker point, it's another 1.1 miles to the very top, where they have a small turnaround for cars. So total distance is 8.3 miles from the point you reset your odometer. Thanks!
Drove up the road last Sat (Sep 16) and then road was mostly fine for a small 2-wheel drive car. Some potholes you could drive around if you go slow. I parked by the little pond .4 miles or so from the summit (with small area to park). Wasn't sure how the last part would be and it was nice to move the legs a little. I think it would have been fine to drive the whole way up. Good place to park and so. The road has some steeper sections going up and you don't want to lose momentum going slowly uphill, but I made it fine with my small car.